- Former Osun state governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a faction of APC in Oyo state are allegedly planning merger in the southwest ahead of 2019 elections
- Erstwhile governor Olusegun Mimiko and the former governor of Oyo state, Rasidi Ladoja, were also said to have met on the proposed merger
- The APC faction otherwise known as Unity Forum had threatened to quit the party if the NWC refuses to address the crisis in Oyo state
A faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, a former governor of Osun state, Olagusoye Oyinlola and the former Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, on Monday, June 18, in a separate meetings with the former governor of Oyo state, Senator Rasidi Ladoja, discussed merger of opposition parties in the southwest states.
Daily Trust reports that the meetings were held at, Ondo street, Bodija, Ibadan home of the former governor Rashidi Ladoja.
NAIJ.com gathered that a source close to Ladoja told Daily Trust that the meetings were not unconnected with the permutation of the major opposition parties in the southwest ahead of the 2019 general elections.
It was gathered that at the meeting in Ladoja's team were the former secretary to the Oyo state government, Barr. Sharafadeen Alli, Senator Femi Lanleyin, PDP leaders in Oyo state, Otunba Yemi Aderibigbe, Barrister Bayo Lawal, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, Engineer Nureni Adisa, Arch Bashiru Lawal and Hon. Bimbo Adepeju.
Daily Trust also reported that Oyinlola who arrived at Ladoja's house around 9:am on Monday, June 18, said that the meeting was not political, adding that, "I am here to visit my brother."
Also, after the meeting, Mimiko who recently defected back to Labour Party (LP) also declined comment, but later said: "this is a private visit, please."
A source close to Ladoja confirmed to Daily Trust that members of the Unity Forum led by Senator Monsuratu Sumonu were on their way to meet former governor Ladoja in ensuring they work together ahead of 2019 election.
"Unity Forum members were talking to our leader before now and they are on their way to Ladoja's house now."
According to Daily Trust, one of the members of the Ladoja's team said that the two former governors visited Ladoja to woo him into their parties as a result of the seven days ultimatum given to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Ladoja's group, following the crisis in the state chapter of the party.
"We have not decided now. We are going to meet with our leader, Ladoja to decided our next move but we may have a merger at the end of the day," the source affirmed.
He noted that after the meetings, the former governor and his team would need to review the visits before announcing their next move.
Ladoja recently issued a seven-day ultimatum to the NWC of the PDP over some unsettled crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
The APC faction otherwise known as Unity Forum on the other hand, after a face-off with the governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi threatened to quit the party, if the NWC refuses to address the crisis.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that members of the Unity Forum of the Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, who have dissociated themselves from the inauguration of Chief Akin Oke as the party chairman in the state, may defect to another party.
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